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Kinder Morgan ($KMI) is buying El Paso ($EP) to create a pipeline giant.  (Dealbook, WSJ,

Better ways to play a rally in natural gas.  (Peter L. Brandt)

Engine maker Cummins ($CMI) is seeing weakness around the globe. (FT)

Monetary policy has little ability to offset spikes in oil prices. (Econbrowser)

Using the forward P/E ratio as a sentiment guide.  (A Dash of Insight)

Where equity markets stand going into the week.  (Global Macro Monitor, ibid)

Some yield charts going into the week.  (Fireside Charts)

The economic schedule for the week ahead.  (Calculated Risk)

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